• 1

Oregon lawmakers did something good recently when they approved Senate Bill 513, a measure that requires high school students to complete one semester of civics before they graduate.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

  • 0

A tip of the hat to Arbor Day activities, including communities’ spring cleanup events coming up soon and a giveaway of 1,500 trees in Hermiston sponsored by the city and the Rotary Club on Sa…

  • 0

Data accumulated by Umatilla County Health Department recently showed area Hispanic residents made up a disproportionately high number of COVID cases during the past year, raising troubling qu…

  • 0

Rural Oregon is facing a difficult post-COVID economic recovery. The $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief package will undoubtedly help, but without addressing some long-standing barriers …

  • 0

The local area received some good news last week with the announcement that the Community Action Program of East Central Oregon will receive a large grant to help transform a former local hote…

  • 0

Policy disagreements, partisanship and the walkouts can give Oregonians a distorted picture of what their Oregon Legislature is like. Journalists — and certainly this editorial page — tend to …

  • 0

The fight for more transparency is more important now than ever before, and one of our most important jobs as a newspaper is to consistently push to ensure the light of clarity shines into eve…

  • 0

A tip of the hat to the snow plow drivers, electrical line workers, plumbers, truck drivers, first responders and others who worked through the state’s heavy snowfall to help keep people safe,…

  • 0

A tip of the hat to Steve Myren, the former Morrow County undersheriff who will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 14, by an emergency vehicle procession through the county after his death on Feb. 1.

  • 0

Government agencies have referred to Umatilla County’s flood of February 2020 as a “500-year flood,” and we would be thrilled if it is another 500 years before a disaster of that magnitude hit…

  • 0

In retrospect, the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic was lackluster at best and nothing illustrates that better than the recent confusion — and apparent lack of planning — over the di…

  • 0

A tip of the hat to Umatilla County for ramping up its vaccine distribution abilities so quickly and effectively that the county was able to vaccinate hundreds of residents against COVID-19 in…

  • 0

Last week on this page we wrote that we believed newly elected U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz had a bright future in the halls of the Congress. We still believe that to be true, but it’s clear the fres…

  • 0

In today’s pop culture dominated climate, politicians rarely receive much thanks, but the work of U.S. Rep. Greg Walden stands out as a classic example of what an elected leader should do once…

  • 0

A tip of the hat to the health care workers who volunteered for the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations this week, and to the participants in clinical trials who volunteered to have the vacci…

  • Updated
  • 0

The arrival of federal CARES Act money to the county is good news, but it isn’t going to be enough and that means lawmakers will need to get back to work to find out where more cash will come …